Dissertation writing workshop

How to write a high-quality PhD dissertation in history? In small groups, students present and discuss their own PhD writing with peers and faculty. The joint module for all groups will focus on the challenges and possibilities posed by new digital archives and tools. This is a 1 ECTS online course.

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The dissertation writing workshops are useful for students in all phases of their work, and we encourage our students to attend as many as possible in order to help them write excellent thesis. Workshops are offered three times each year, organized by partner institutions on a rotating basis. 

These workshops aim to assist PhD candidates in:

- meeting high international standards in their fields of research;

- improving writing skills and ability to critically assess and comment on manuscripts;  

- becoming comfortable presenting and discussing their work in professional settings, which is essential to their achieving professional and international recognition; 

- completing their doctorates within the stipulated time frame;

- building networks with peers and faculty at other universities and university colleges.

Joint module, appr. 4 hours, "How to develop Digital Archival Literacy" will focus on the challenges and possibilities posed by the ongoing development of digital archives, search catalogues and other sources, as well as the digital tools that are at the disposal for historians. This module will be taught by Dr. Helle Strandgaard Jensen who is Associate Professor of contemporary cultural history at Department of History and Classical Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. She is also the co-director of the Center for Digital History Aarhus (CEDHAR). The module will be in English.

Small groups, appr. 4 hours: Student manuscripts are discussed in groups composed of peers and a faculty member. We allocate up to 45 minutes time for discussion of each paper. Students read all the drafts in their group carefully and offer comments and suggestions. One of the students are appointed as chair; another as first respondent; and the roles will rotate in the group. 

Confirmed teachers: Helle Strandgaard JensenOla Teige

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Student preparations

Students participate with a manuscript. The text can be early writing (project descriptions, text segments) or more developed texts (draft chapters or articles). Maximum length is 6000 words excl. references. If you submit a longer text, please indicate which parts of the text you want your readers to focus on. The first page(s) should state your name, indicate stage of process you're at (beginning, mid, end/or number of semesters into your project), provide the draft dissertation title and a draft outline of its chapters/articles. It is helpful for readers, and probably for you too, if the draft outline include abstracts of 100-200 words for each chapter/article. Introductory texts and the manuscript should in Scandinavian languages or English.

In addition, you will be expected to read materials for the joint module, and take part in discussing appr. 3 manuscripts. You will serve as chair for the discussion of one manuscript and as main commentator for another.

Essential information

This will be an online course, with approximately four hours each day.

Please register by filling in this form by May 30th at the latest. We will accept applications as they come in. Participation is open to students at partner institutions and other students members of the Norwegian Research School in History. Membership is open to all students who have taken the theory and methods course

Deadline for manuscripts is June 1st. Students upload their manuscripts to Teams. You will be added to the room when your application is accepted.

Course convener: Ola Teige, Volda University College.

Administrative support: tba.

The workshop is estimated to 1 ECTS. 

Partner institutions:

Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) - Det humanistiske fakultet

Universitetet i Agder - Institutt for religion, filosofi og historie

Universitetet i Bergen - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, kultur- og religionsvitskap

Universitetet i Oslo - Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo

Universitetet i Tromsø - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi

Nord Universitet - Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap

Høgskulen i Volda - Samfunnsfag og historie

Handelshøyskolen BI - Institutt for rettsvitenskap og styring

Published May 3, 2021 1:11 PM - Last modified June 1, 2021 11:16 AM